The strategic partnership between British Council and Creative Scotland is based on a shared belief that working together on shared priorities enhances opportunities to place Scottish arts and culture on a world stage, and provide an international context to, and benefit, for Scotland.
The partnership develops collaborations and exchanges through bilateral relationships and was formalised through an initial three-year agreement which ran from 2012-2015. In these first years, the focus was on Brazil, India and South Africa. The partnership was extended for a further three years in 2015, continuing a focus on Brazil and India, and bringing Japan into the fold to follow up on connections formed through the Momentum programme. The partnership continues to invest in furthering Momentum connections.
Central to the partnership is a shared vision that it:
- Works for and with the arts and creative sector in Scotland to build key international opportunities for artists
- Fosters international ambition and excellence in Scotland
- Promotes established and emerging artists whose creative work is innovative, reflective and of high quality
- Provides creative talent with a transformational international experience
- Develops and nurtures important international markets
- Engages international audiences to enhance understanding of the arts and creative economy in Scotland
- Brings collaborative work from the international arenas into Scotland.
In 2019/20 the partnership is supporting a number of collaborative projects with Japan and across Europe. You can follow these links to find out more about funding awarded toward UK in Japan projects and projects in Europe.